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Murderers don’t obey gun laws

In the wake of the tragic murders of good Christian people in a Charleston church last month, there has been some talk of more gun control. But as we have seen since the 1960s, gun-control laws simply do not work because murderers don’t obey laws.

Hillary Clinton is hampered by her record

Hillary Clinton has no compelling rationale for a presidential run save to be the first female president. She is further hampered by her record. After serving as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state, it remains that only failures stick to her name.

Sometimes a cigar’s just a cigar

Kim R. Holmes’ analysis of the Supreme Court’s interpretation of today’s world is a gem (“The Supreme Court: Speaking power to truth,” Web, June 29). Mr. Holmes writes: “Self-prescribed identities trump everything, including nature. What and who is to separate reality from delusion?”

Reverse dangerous defense policy

Congress and President Obama should focus on defending against possible nuclear-missile attacks by expanding and upgrading our Ground-based Midcourse Defense Missile System (GMD). It is our best homeland defense against missile strikes and has proved reliable in many tests and experiments.

Congress ignores PBS, NPR slant

The Washington Times’ editorial “Snark and bias alert” (Web, June 28) observes “government-supported radio and television has grown fat and comfortable, paying enormous salaries to executives and administrators. The warp in the presentation of the news has grown steadily more evident. If they continue to take government money, PBS and NPR should submit to monitoring by an independent and effective monitoring panel, as David Cameron has prescribed for the BBC.”

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Marriage already available to all

People who rob banks are called bank robbers. People who tell a lie are called liars. People who play golf are called golfers. People who have sex with a partner of the same sex are called homosexuals or gay. People who have sex with an opposite-sex gender partner are called heterosexual.

Are we safe?

Praying church members were recently killed during a shooting in Charleston ("Obama intent on gun restriction with or without help of Congress," Page I, June 22). We as a nation are outraged, knowing not even our churches are safe for peoople to attend and worship. Where does it all end? Who will step up to protect us from harm? We live in a society where we have earned the expectation of being able to walk the streets, attend grade schools and universities, go to movies and pray in our chosen houses of worship. We should not have to equip our kids or ourselves with military protective gear in order to do these everyday tasks.

In 2016, one way out

President Obama is making it painfully clear that he will leave a monarchial legacy of social, political and economic pain, severely diminished national security and racial discontent. Indeed, if elected, Hillary Clinton would leave a similar legacy, including gender discontent.

Atrocities aren't campaign stops

When President Obama came forth to condemn the recent slayings at a Charleston church, he delivered a political statement about guns, in effect making the situation about his agenda and disregarding the feelings of the families who were suffering a great loss. Hillary Clinton did the same thing, crafting her public comments about the atrocity in order to serve her own purposes. These two narcissists acted like children saying 'Look at me' instead of politicians giving thoughtful responses to mourners.

New public-safety ideas needed

The loss of nine innocent lives at a church Bible study on June 17 in Charleston begs for improved standards of safety at most indoor public assemblies. This should include social, church, political, educational and business events with an established threshold of 50 attendees or more.

Blank check for terrorists

It is bad enough that Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, and President Obama have unwittingly aided in the funding of various terrorist organizations, but now Mr. Obama wants to authorize people to send money to kidnappers in private deals ("Obama will allow the U.S. to negotiate directly with terrorists holding hostages," Web, June 24).

Other factors determine violence

Karl Rove presented a popular, contra-factual, deceptive statement when saying, "the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society," thereby implying repeal of the Second Amendment was required. However, a study completed a few years ago and published in the Harvard Journal of Law an Public Policy found that within the United States and across European countries, violent criminality and suicide were unrelated and often inversely related to gun ownership.

Flag removal would be insult

Like "political correctness," demanding the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds is an attack on free speech "Lindsey Graham, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott call for removal of Confederate flag from S.C. capitol," Web, June 22).

Individuals, not things, kill

After any tragedy it has become the norm for society to place the blame on some aspect that they may have control over. In the case of the murders of nine black parishioners in South Carolina, the blame is being placed on the Confederate flag. It's as if many think that if the Confederate flag hadn't been around, this murderous act would not have happened.

No 'free' in free trade

All this talk about "free trade" might make an uninformed person believe that opening up trade with foreign companies will result in free trade for American businesses and workers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Resist reactive measures

Thoughts are with the victims of last week's South Carolina church shooting. Unfortunately, the left again pushes for divisive, ineffective gun control instead of addressing the root causes of the problem.

Obama team the true 'JV'

In "Panel told 73 TSA workers no threat despite terror ties" (Web, June 17), the author quotes the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security's ranking Democrat, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York. She said the Transportation Security Administration's failure to vet the security risks "strikes me as sloppy, and there's no place for sloppiness when we're dealing with the security of our nation's aviation system." Really? "Sloppy" is what you call the way your son dresses for school or the condition of your daughter's closet. Criminal is what you call the failure of our government to connect the dots in its ineffective, feeble attempts to safeguard our nation.